By Ed Readicker-Henderson, Lynn Readicker-Henderson
The focal point of this booklet is the Alaska Marine street, which serves as a lifeline for plenty of coastal communites in Alaska. This ferry process - a complete of 9 boats - hyperlinks tiny coastal communites and massive towns alike. It runs from Washington, up the interior Passage, all of the method to the Aleutians within the some distance north, a complete of 3,500 miles. the journey consultant to the interior Passage & Coastal Alaska follows this course, telling you every little thing you must find out about the ships themselves, the points of interest and the cities. excursions on land - flightseeing, kayaking, canoeing, boating - are coated. The ebook is focused at an individual touring during this sector, not only these taking the ferry, and has complete details on what to determine and do in each one city, the place to stick and devour and the way to get out of city. vast information about flora and fauna, together with the easiest locations to determine a few, and the way to be an eco-conscious traveller.
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Why were the Russians killing off the otters? So they could sell the pelts to China and trade for tea. The English had their opium trade for the exact same reason. Now sea otters, quite well protected by law, are back, and there’s a healthy population that can be spotted almost anywhere along the Alaskan coast. Sea otters grow to six feet and live, somewhat communally, in kelp beds. Rather odd is that although they live in groups, they don’t really interact with each other; there may be some play fights and mating behavior, but other than that, they pretty much pretend the other otters aren’t there.
Kind of like bubble net feeding when you’re alone. There are a couple of other behaviors that humpbacks do that nobody’s quite sure about. They sometimes lay on their back and slap their flippers on the water as hard as they can. We saw one do a front flip, for no apparent reason. They’re whales. Who’s going to tell them what to do? When watching the sea, look for the spout, the whale’s breath, which is visible from quite a distance – up to eight miles. It looks like a small palm tree of water and, from a distance, is much easier to spot than the body of the whale.
This stage lasts a couple of months. Next, they turn into fingerlings, or parr. They’ve gotten bigger now – a couple of inches or so – and they may stay in this stage for anywhere from a couple of months (pink and chum) up to a couple years for sockeye and chinook. The bar lines have gotten darker, and they’re really just building up strength for their final freshwater stage, the smolt. As smolts, they’re better than six inches long now, and they’ve lost the bar marks as they become silver for better camouflage in the open ocean.
Adventure Guide to the Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska (Hunter Travel Guides) by Ed Readicker-Henderson, Lynn Readicker-Henderson